Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language in miniature. To which are added, an alphabetical account of the heathen deities, and a copious chronological table of remarkable events, discoveries, and inventions in Europe. By the Rev. Joseph Hamilton, M.A. With a continuation of the said table to the present period. Also, a new and complete American chronology, containing an accurate account of Events from the discovery of the New World to this time. First New-York, from the last English Edition.

  • Johnson, Samuel
  • New-York: Printed and published by G. Long 1817


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12mo, pp. 295, [1] including woodcut frontispiece. Original marbled sheep, spine divided by double gilt rules, red morocco label. Poor-quality paper rather browned and foxed. Joints rubbed, corners bumped, some old scratches to leather. Ownership inscriptions of Evan Phillips (two giving a date of purchase, June 17th 1818, another the date Feb. 20, 1819) to front endpapers, initial blank, and recto of frontispiece.


Hamilton's work - Alston clarifies that 'these dictionaries...really have nothing whatever to do with' Johnson's dictionary - was first published in 1794 in London (no copy apparently now extant, though Alston located a catalogue record at Lichfield), with new editions following thick and fast after that. It first reached the USA with a Boston edition of 1804, and Philadelphia and Boston followed before this New York edition. The title-page claim to be the 'first New-York' edition is not necessarily true, since this being a stereotype edition (at the head of the title-page is 'Long's Stereotype Edition') it would be easier to reprint exactly than update - and the 1819 and 1822 printings (the latter the only New York edition located in COPAC) repeat the claim. However, this 1817-dated edition is the earliest known to Alston and the earliest recorded in Worldcat, so it seems plausible in this case.

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